Candidacy for Accreditation
Candidacy for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status which allows a school to establish a formal and publicly recognized relationship with the NAPCIS Accreditation Commission. Schools must have met the Requirements for Eligibility. Candidate status may be granted for a period of up to three years. It may be renewed after the three-year period with re-application.
In Candidacy for Accreditation, a school is in the preliminary stage, progressing towards accreditation. This category does not ensure that the school will become accredited. In addition, a school is required to provide annual reports that describe its progress towards or compliance with NAPCIS accreditation requirements.
A school may apply for Candidacy anytime after completion of its first year of operation as an educational entity. A school in approved candidacy status may use the following phrase in promotional literature, "Approved Candidate for Accreditation: National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools."
Accreditation by NAPCIS follows after a period of Candidacy for Accreditation. It is granted to schools which show that they have complied with the Requirements of Eligibility and Standards and Criteria for Accreditation, which includes the Standards of Excellence, have provided the required documentation, completed an approved self-study process; have had an on-site evaluation of their institutional performance based on their self-study; and operate on a level of quality consistent with stated purposes and available resources. Full accreditation status is granted for a term of six years. During the six-year term, the school is required to provide annual reports describing satisfactory continuation in this category. The annual reporting procedure will be established and directed by NAPCIS. Accreditation may be terminated anytime if a school does not demonstrate continuing compliance with all Standards of Excellence and accreditation requirements.
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